Tyler native Stevie Jo Rosenbalm sailed through his first competition this week on the popular singing competition reality TV show “The Voice,” vying to become the latest superstar with East Texas roots.
NBC’s reality smash plays at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, and features four stages of competition: the blind auditions, the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows, according to its website. The show is in its sixth season.
Four coaches compete to coach the singers, who then compete against each other. The coaches include Usher, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
Rosenbalm was chosen two weeks ago to join Team Usher, after singing with Usher’s tune, “There Goes my Baby.”
He won his first battle Monday evening against Jake Barker. The pair sang Steve Winwood’s classic ’80s tune “Higher Love.”
All four coaches praised the performance and commented on the evenness of the singers’ performances in the duet.
“I think we have yet to see who Stevie Jo really is,” Usher said after he selected Rosenbalm to stay on his team. “Every time he performs, he’s getting better, and he blew me away. I have a few tricks up my sleeve with Stevie that I think will shock a lot of people.”
Barker may not have won the battle but was snatched by Adam Levine for his team. The pair could meet each other in future musical battles.
“I thought it was so excellent …” Levine said before Usher’s decision. “I want both of you.”
Rosenbalm did not appear on Tuesday’s episode, but the show featured another East Texas native who won the hearts of America on the reality show “Nashville Star.”
Miranda Lambert, platinum recording artist and Lindale native, also is in this season’s show as a mentor on Shakira’s team.
Rosenbalm can be seen up close and personal on Friday at Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, 525 S. Beckham Ave., in Tyler.
The singer’s solo performance starts at 7 p.m., according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.